The Great Death, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The visitors from downriver had strange pale skin and blue eyes, but they left a deadly sickness of red spots and fever.

Thirteen-year-old Millie and her younger sister Maura were the only survivors.

As the first snowflakes fell the dogs were turning wild, and it was clear that the two girls must leave to find a new home.

They loaded up a raft to take them away, and so began an epic journey through the harsh snowy landscape.

This is an extraordinary story of courage, commitment and survival.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9781842709191



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This was a nice, short book about two girls who are the only survivors in their village. A disease has been brought to their village in Alaska by European settlers and it wipes out everybody they know. The girls decide to travel to the next village for help and the book documents their travels. It was interesting and easy to read and the girls were both very strong and likeable. I think it would have been better if the book followed them further than it did instead of just leaving it to our inmagination but that's really the only complaint I have with this book. It was a heartwarming story and told well.

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